JALANDHAR: Punjab police chief KPS Gill claimed that intrusion of police commandos into other states was not on the agenda of the meeting of the Directors General of Police of all states held in Delhi last week

Gill said complete peace had yet to return to the state Defining his concept of complete peace Gill said “i will consider that permanent peace has been restored only when there would be no more reports of militant related violence or arrest of ultras in the state for at least two years”

Gill who was speaking to media persons here on July 11 said this is in response to a question asking him about the dimension of activities in the state in view of the seizure of a truck-load of sophisticated arms and ammunition from Hoshiarpur He said that the peace in Punjab was still fragile and reiterated that tight security and vigilance should be maintained

Replying to another question Gill said there were no Irregularities in the anti-militant operation by Punjab Police in other states He clarified that in West Bengal the state police had been informed about the operation

Disclosing that there were only 50 militant still active in Punjab the Director General of Police said that efforts foot to apprehend them.

The police chief apprised deputy chief of Khalistan Commando Force (Panjwar) Harpal Singh who hailed from Dhandra village in Ludhiana district had committed suicide by consuming a cyanide capsule when he found himself concerned at Paragpur by & party of CRPF jawans and Punjab Police on Sunday Harpal had been commissioned to kill Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh Gill and some ministers of the Union Cabinet in the state and also in Delhi According to Jalandhar district S S P Danker Gupta Harpal was concerned by the security team when he was coming to Jalandhar by bus ‘The police intercepted the bus near the Prag pur octroi post and started their research Operation  Harpal was overpowered by the security men while he was trying  to escape from the back-door of the bus However the police could j not arrest him as he consumed  cyanide and died

Gupta claimed that Harpal’s elimination would deal a crippling blow to the movement particularly the KCP (Panjwan) group

Article extracted from this publication >> July 22, 1994